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This groupmuse happened on Saturday, December 2, at 11:00 AM PST.

This is a Groupmuse

A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.

ROUNDCOLLAB presents: Friction Quartet

ROUNDCOLLAB presents: Friction Quartet

Dogpatch, SF

Sat, December 2, 2023 11:00 AM, PST

Pay the musicians
No COVID-19 restrictions
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
Bathroom available
ADA access


Firdy A. (he/they) Superhost

Friction Quartet, lauded for performances described as "terribly beautiful" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "stunningly passionate" (Calgary Herald), and "exquisitely skilled" (ZealNYC), is dedicated to modernizing the chamber music experience and expanding the string quartet repertoire. The quartet achieves its mission by commissioning cutting-edge composers, curating imaginative concert programs, collaborating with diverse artists, and engaging in interactive educational outreach.

Friction made their debut at Carnegie Hall in 2016 as participants in the Kronos Quartet Fifty for the Future Workshop. They returned in March of 2018 to perform George Crumb’s Black Angels as part of “The 60’s” festival and their performance was described as, “one of the truest and most moving things I’ve ever heard or seen.” (Zeal NYC)

Since forming in 2011, Friction has commissioned 47 works for string quartet and given world premiere performances of more than 100 works. They developed the Friction Commissioning Initiative in 2017 as a way to work together with their audience to fund specific commissions. The money raised to date has helped Friction commission a total of 12 new works, including six by young composers between the ages 16 and 21. They were awarded a 2019 Intermusic SF Musical Grant to develop a participatory educational program with composer Danny Clay that is designed to be accessible and sensory-friendly. Friction’s past grants include a grant from Chamber Music America that was used to commission a piano quintet from Andy Akiho, which debuted in November 2016, as well as project grants from Intermusic SF and Zellerbach Family Foundation supporting special projects involving the performance of commissioned works.

This performance is held in conjunction with ROUNDCOLLAB’s inaugural exhibition at Minnesota Street Project “Embrace” featuring eleven artists from Asia whose artworks address and embrace the imperfect world we live in.

Music program features a commissioned piece by Michi Wiancko and other contemporary chamber music pieces.

Violin - Otis Harriel
Violin - Kevin Rogers
Viola - Mitso Floor
Cello - Doug Machiz

What's the music?

Friction Quartet String quartet

Michi Wiancko - To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores
Ottorino Respighi - Quartetto Dorico


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